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Requests

18 Nov

Your Craft Requests – – –
Free Bi-monthly craft projects + ideas!

Well, I know that there are certainly a few people reading my blog now, and apart from wanting to hear from you – it’d be so nice if you took a moment to comment on a post you found interesting; or, told me about how it went for you with the¬† free-bie I gave you ūüôā – I thought it might be interesting to have a bi-monthly craft request.

This Request will commence during the first week of December – and then if that is a success: February; April; June – and so on.

The Request can either be:

  • a pattern / project for a soft toy
  • a x stitch chart; or
  • another kind of textile art idea (pattern / project / template etc.)

 Please send your request with CURVALICOUS REQUEST in the subject line of your email.

contact @ stephaniefaith.net

contact @ stephaniefaith.net

My email address is above (please remember to remove the spaces before and after @ Рthis is a spam reducing method). 

Please don’t forget to include your name (real or nickname); where you are (city,country); maybe, also:¬†a photo of yourself and / or of a craft project you’ve made – and a little bit about you (your hobby, likes, current project, lifestyle, blog…anything you feel comfortable with).

Themes can be:

  • animals or pets (exotics welcomed!)
  • flowers or plants (nature related)
  • anything family friendly
  • to mark a special occassion (birthday, wedding, funeral etc.)

So, put your thinking caps on and send me your requests (one per person) – and during the first week in December I will announce what¬†the craft project will¬†be, together with who had the idea¬†– and¬† I will try my best to make something nice for you ūüôā

Kind regards – – –

Stephanie Faith

Copyright Stephanie Faith 2010

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Soft Toy Books

16 Jan

I’ve ordered a couple more soft toy books: Soft Toys to Sew by Sheila McGraw; and a 1953 copy of Decorative Soft Toy Making by Enid Edwards.¬†

I spent a couple of hours researching the net with what was on offer and found it rather difficult deciding on a book due to the lack of customer / reader reviews and absence of photos of book covers and / or of examples of projects.  What I found really annoying is that the online stores and  the traditional, physical stores of the same bookstores and supermarkets do not tally!  For example if I find a book online, how can I be sure it will be available for me in their traditional store?  Of course some traditional stores have phone numbers where you can ask if they presently have that particular book, or you could order it for collection Рbut then who needs that hassle?  You may as well just order from the online store.  Also, the special offers and prices are not the same.  My particular problem is that I have a (paper) gift coupon (Christmas present) and so need to shop at the physical store.

Anyway judging¬†from¬†positive reviews and liking the photos of what I saw¬†I decided upon those 2 aforementioned books.¬† I can’t wait!¬† I will definitely let you know what I think of them.

Regarding the Softies book by Therese Laskey I was overjoyed: just take a look at my Maple Tree to know how impressed ūüėȬ†¬† Many projects I loved while a few I thought ugly or even distasteful (but this is very subjective, all down to personal choice isn’t it).¬† And having such a broad range of modern soft toys is indeed a good thing as it promotes experimentation and imagination ūüôā¬†

The Splendid Soft Toy Book is a goody too, with several and varied projects – – – LOVE the giant ladybird!¬† I found this book in my mum’s craft room ūüėõ

Other books under consideration include: Creative Soft Toys to Sew by Creative House; Easy to Sew Playful Toys by Debra Quartermain; and, Soft Animals A to Z by Carolyn Vasburg Hall.  Either good condition, secondhand, or new (at a competitive price!).

As for the gift coupon I’ll have to make another trip into town ūüėČ

Know of any soft toy books you would recommend?¬† Would love to hear from you ūüôā

Making Soft Toys

30 Dec

Because of living with chronic pain and unable to do much physically, and needing to keep sane(!) I started stitching.

My embroided design of Ladybird Mum and Child, inspired by a 1920's style metal ladybird - - - 2009

I started with fat quarters printed with all kinds of designs and made cushions.  I even made a special cushion, a kind of scrapbooking technique of applique and x stitch; a gift for my cousin.

Scrapbooking kind of cushion for my cousin.

I¬†X stitched (cross stitched) a lot, something I used to do in my mid 20’s (I¬†am a¬†late starter to stitching, never had the confidence until that point!) and started creating my own designs.

One of my X stitch designs, stitched up: Baby Tortoise. (You can find the free pattern on my blog).

I also made / make bags

A knitting bag I made for an online friend in a craft swap.

My Hermann tortoise, Daisy Elizabeth inspired me into making many soft toy tortys!

The First Soft Toy Tortoise I made, 2007

But I didn’t just create tortoises, I made a dog (Chester the Jack Russell is behind that one I think), dolls, assorted sea creatures, zombie and bunnies.

Floral Scotty Dog, 2009

A few of my Soft Toy creations are for sale at The Little Log Cabin, here РРРand soon here.

For those of you interested in having a go yourself at soft toy and doll making I searched the net and came across this free fun tutorial by Octavia.

Make toys like Octavia

More Interesting Links for Soft Toy Making – – –

Materials for making soft toys at Fred Aldous (for UK residents)

More inspiration (and differing styles)¬†from… Louie Louie¬†Bebe¬†; and, Salley Mavor¬†; and, Kitty Pink Stars.

Perhaps the most famous antique collectors’ toys, Steiff (UK).

I’m so excited, will be getting this book any day now! ūüėõ

For sale @ The Little Log Cabin